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Cal Poly baseball’s Nick Meyer, Kyle Marinconz earn freshman All-American recognition

Cal Poly’s Kyle Marinconz (pictured) and teammate Nick Meyer were named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team on Wednesday morning.
Cal Poly’s Kyle Marinconz (pictured) and teammate Nick Meyer were named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team on Wednesday morning. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Cal Poly baseball standouts Nick Meyer and Kyle Marinconz were selected to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team Wednesday morning, becoming the first Mustangs since 2013 to earn that distinction.

Meyer was the Big West Freshman Field Player of the Year and owned a .301 batting average with seven doubles and 21 RBI. He quickly developed into one of the better defensive catchers in the conference and ranked first in pickoffs (10) and second in runners caught stealing (22).

Marinconz started all 57 games during Cal Poly’s 32-25 season, splitting time between second base and shortstop. He tallied 64 hits, including 21 multi-hit games and tied for the team lead with 15 doubles.

“Nick and Kyle were integral parts of our success this year,” head coach Larry Lee said in a release.

Cal State Fullerton starting pitcher Colton Eastman was the only other freshman from the Big West to earned All-American recognition. He was selected as the Louisville Slugger Freshman Pitcher of the Year.

Mustangs hire new basketball coach

Cal Poly men’s basketball coach Joe Callero announced earlier this week the hiring of Pawel Mrozik as the Mustangs new associate head coach.

Mrozik replaces former assistant and associate head coach Paul Fortier, who left the program in April to take a similar job at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Mrozik, a Poland native, recently coached at Virginia’s Mountain Mission School, a national prep powerhouse that featured six Division I-bound players on the roster last season.

At Cal Poly, he will be in charge of developing “a strategic international recruiting plan,” according to a school release.

Mrozik has a variety of coaching experience at the professional, collegiate and high school levels.

“Pawel has a nice balance of on-floor coaching experience and international recruiting,” Callero said in the release. “His knowledge, passion and professionalism were well documented at Mountain Mission School. He’s developing players into elite national recruits and has a solid in-game coaching background.”

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